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Students at Lumberg Elementary School in Jeffco Public Schools.

The state announced on Monday the seventh annual Go Code Colorado competition, with $15,000 in prize money available to teams who turn publicly-available data into business insights.

“Go Code Colorado is the nation’s only state-wide data competition, bringing entrepreneurs from every corner of our state together to help turn public data into useful tools for businesses throughout Colorado,” said Secretary of State Jena Griswold. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the talented teams come up with in the 2020 competition!”

Her office’s Business Intelligence Center has published more than 280 data sets, which teams use in their projects. The state’s information marketplace contains such varied topics as highway mileposts, the gifted and talented graduation rate, and oil and gas well permits. Over the past six years, more than 1,000 teams have participated in the challenge, along with multiple state, local, and federal agencies.

Last year, a team from Boulder built an app called Position my Kitchen that used public data about brewery and office locations, pedestrian traffic, farmers markets, Colorado events, and demographic data to alert food truck vendors to optimum locations and times.

Events in Grand Junction and Denver during the first half of February will allow people to find teammates and learn more about the challenge. Among the judging criteria, projects must have an ability to “solve a business problem or produce beneficial insights.”

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